Regions / Latin America & Caribbean
In what seems like a case of Cold War blues, U.S. officials had unsuccessfully attempted to sway the elections in favor of Mr. Ortega's opponents. The meddling backfired, however.
The Bush administration's Cuba policy has reached a dead end.
U.S. pundits need to stop labeling the regions many progressive leaders as members of the good left or bad left.
It's time to let Americans go to Cuba, erode the embargo and open the island to cultural and political currents that might bring pleasant and democratic winds of change.
This op-ed ran in Newsday on July 14, 2006.
This op-ed ran in the Baltimore Sun on June 30, 2006.
This op-ed appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on June 11, 2006.
Recent months in Mexico have been marked by a campaign of fear against López Obrador.
The White House has to be concerned about the potential election of another Latin American government allied to the likes of Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales, overtly challenging the flagging war on drugs, and highly critical of neoliberal, free market economic policies. Eying the runoff against Alan García Pérez, Ollanta Humala Tasso has softened his rhetoric in recent days; but to be successful in the May round of elections, he must retain the support of the core constituency that propelled him to victory in April.
Peruvian elections will be notable for either marking a new neopopulist victory by a former military officer or the first woman Peruvian president.